Maersk sees Altona progress despite rail link issue

By: Rob McKay

Trucking supports container facility as State Government works on infrastructure negotiations

Maersk sees Altona progress despite rail link issue
Maersk’s container depot at Altona


Global container shipping and logistics giant Maersk refuses to allow a cloud over the timing of a crucial rail link to its new Altona facility’s to affect its confidence in the asset.

Maersk, with its container services and storage facility, is the anchor tenant for Salta Properties’ 40 hectare Nexus Industrial Intermodal Terminal at Altona.

Victorian ports minister David Hodgett officially opened the facility last week, hailing it as a pivotal vote of confidence in the State Government’s logistics strategy but it emerged that the planned rail link was subject to Salta’s unresolved negotiations with pipeline operator Shell.

Despite the lack of clarity on when it might be resolved, Maersk has the facility, which is open-access for trucking firms, up and running.

It is presently playing host to 2,500 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) worth of containers.

"The Maersk container depot at Altona presents a future proof platform for a continued optimisation of metropolitan rail solutions and is a new standard in depot operation in Melbourne that is future proofed while offering immediate value," a spokeswoman tells ATN.

"While the rail connections will definitely be a value added advantage, the road links still are a viable means of transportation that enables Maersk to evacuate empty containers as efficiently as possible.

"The location of the Maersk container depot at Altona has been chosen with due consideration ensuring no disruption to the local community and the depot as it stands is a solution that offers a platform for productivity gains for Melbourne-based importers and exporters, superior turn times and access for the transportation community.

"The new depot will also ensure we are more efficient in our container handling helping reduce truck and fork lift miles inside the depot which equates to improvement in truck turn times."

Roads minister Terry Mulder has made plain that the issues must be resolved between Salta and Shell.

The State Government is helping deliver a resolution, a Hodgett spokesman says.

This is occurring through state-owned rail infrastructure operator VicTrack and Invest Assist, the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation’s investment projects support and facilitation arm.



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